Disclosure: when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why You Still Aren’t Getting Paid to Write Video Game Music

Learn How to Compose, Produce, & Sell Video Game Music Online and a Few Useful Life Lessons Along the Way
4.6
4.6/5
(329 reviews)
3,634 students
Created by

9.5

CourseMarks Score®

9.3

Freshness

8.7

Feedback

10.0

Content

Platform: Udemy
Video: 78h 27m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

Table of contents

Description

Why are you here? Yes, YOU here on Udemy looking for a video game music course – are you here to dip your toes into the wild world of composing game music for a living? Have your parents told you to go to business school and find a “real job”?  Whelp, I hate to squash your spirit…but they’re right. If you want to make a career out of writing game music, buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
If you’re still reading, then you’re here for something…more. You want to learn from someone who has already paved the path. You want to hear their war stories, understand their lifestyle choices, witness their work habits, study their rhythms, and most of all…learn how they do it so you can do it too.
I’m not here to blow smoke. I’m nothing special. In fact, although I’m an “award-winning composer” (do Webby’s even count?) with hundreds of credits across virtually every media known to man – films, television, video games, podcasts, audio dramas, advertisements, trailers, corporate videos, animation, musicals, YouTube series, graphic novels, & a motion comic…my music has even been performed in concert halls and played on repeat for a decade inside the National Museums Liverpool! – you’ve never heard of me. Why? Because I’m an Everyday Composer. I’m not famous, but I support my family doing what I love every day and inspiring millions of listeners…even if they never know my name.
Chances are, you’ve heard my music on…
•Horror music on the #1 Fiction podcast Dark Dice, starring Jeff Goldblum
•Playful 16-bit music on Monster Sanctuary
•Emotional music on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
•Epic orchestral music on ad campaigns for FOX, NBC, & CBS networks
•Video game music on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, & mobile
With that out of the way….
Welcome to my course Why You Still Aren’t Getting Paid to Write Video Game Music! Back in 2017, this was my second Udemy course and quickly became a Best-Selling course. Don’t take my word for it – read the reviews for yourself…
•Steven unpacks everything one needs to know about how to create music for video games from the composition side…to doing business with an independent game developer. This course is up-to-date, can be applied to several DAW’s (even Linux music applications), and could possibly land the average student a job as a full-time composer if they put in extra work in their spare time…I also advise checking out Steven’s YouTube channel as well for extra tips to making great music. This course and everything he understands as a money-making-musician is highly recommended! –Aaron P.

•I really like the way this course is built and all of the information that I am learning…it contains all of the knowledge you need to know if you want to work in the industry! –Vincent G.

•I love how this course is designed as if it is a video game with levels and bosses to ‘defeat’, which makes it really fun to learn and progress. I enjoyed Steven’s in-depth information about how to recreate different retro consoles (both 8-bit and 16-bit) as precise as possible, lessons about how to sample instruments, and his overview of the three biggest middleware software and how to use them with Unity. All of the extra content (Q&A’s, tutorials, business, etc.) are a great addition to this course. –Lisa H.

In this updated 2021 version, I’ve removed content that is no longer relevant and have added hours of bonus content to showcase my entire comprehensive library of teaching over the last 5 years, including
•How to Train for Professional Composing Speed
•How to Build DAW Templates
•How to Create a Realistic Sampled Orchestra
•Video Game Music Business
•Game Composer Lifestyle
•Interviews with Industry Pros
•Public Interviews with Steven about His Game Music Career
•Selected Live Composing Show Streams
•Student Coaching Calls with Steven
•Level Up Live with Coaching Students
•How to Compose in the Style of Famous Game Composers
•Nerdy Game Music Technology
•Case Studies on How I Composed for Games
•MINI-COURSE: Game Composer’s Guide to Finding Work Online ($297 value!)
The bulk of the core content that originally made this course so successful is still here and will teach you all the fundamentals you need to compose, produce, & sell music for Video Games. The only prerequisite for this course is that you have access to a Mac or PC. We will be using notation software and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to write music on a computer, but don’t worry if you don’t have any music software yet. There are multiple free options available and we’ll cover those as needed throughout the course.
I look forward to connecting with you inside. Talk to you soon.
Your Coach,
Steven Melin

You will learn

✓ How to Throw a Game Controller Against the Wall
✓ How to Beg Game Developers to Give You Work
✓ How to Forever Live In Your Parent’s Basement
✓ How to Compose Music on Ancient Consoles That No One Has Ever Heard Of
✓ How to Sound Like Famous Composers That Aren’t You
✓ Useless History of the Entire Video Game Industry
✓ How to Spend Countless Hours Programming Middleware
✓ How to Impress People That Will Never Hire You
✓ Question Your Existence When You Try to Import Your Music Into the Unity Engine
✓ How to Write Music in Every Genre You Didn’t Come Here to Learn

Requirements

• Coffee is most definitely required for this eternal course. Seriously, it’s going to take you weeks to watch all this.

This course is for

• Composers Who Give Up on Writing for Film, TV, Ads, or Anything that Actually Pays
• Hobbyists Who Want to Laugh at Those of Us Who Choose This as a Life Career
Music Composer & Best-Selling Instructor
I’m not here to blow smoke. I’m nothing special. In fact, although I’m an “award-winning composer” (do Webby’s even count?) with hundreds of credits across virtually every media known to man – films, television, video games, podcasts, audio dramas, advertisements, trailers, corporate videos, animation, musicals, YouTube series, graphic novels, & a motion comic…my music has even been performed in concert halls and played on repeat for a decade inside the National Museums Liverpool! – you’ve never heard of me. Why? Because I’m an Everyday Composer. I’m not famous, but I support my family doing what I love every day and inspire millions of listeners…even if they never know my name.

Chances are, you’ve heard my music on…

• Horror music on the #1 Fiction podcast Dark Dice, starring Jeff Goldblum

• Playful 16-bit music on Monster Sanctuary

• Emotional music on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

• Epic orchestral music on ad campaigns for FOX, NBC, & CBS networks

• Video game music on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, & mobile




With that out of the way…
If you’re here to learn how to support your family writing music for film, TV, & video games, look no further.

Show more
Browse all courses by on Coursemarks.
Platform: Udemy
Video: 78h 27m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

Students are also interested in